August 26, 2014


Writing is one of the most critical aspects of academic development. It impacts all levels of communication and the learning process.  

Children who are learning to write with an improper grip are experiencing hand cramps, stressed muscles and sore fingers. Compounding the issue, children may be experiencing added challenges such as underdeveloped hand and arm muscles, sensory sensitivities, and fine motor delay.

Beyond the physical ramifications, writing with an improper grip can interrupt cognitive flow. A child’s level of concentration and ability to generate content for the page can be halted or slowed.

Learning to write is challenging enough without these added barriers!

Luckily, there are a couple tricks of the trade.

To start, teach and reinforce The Tripod Grip. Using this as a foundation will increase the potential for a lifetime of comfortable and controlled writing.

Also, using a pencil grip is a cost effective tool. With its ergonomic shape and gentle yet structured material, The Pencil Grip easily guides fingers into the Tripod Grip. Pencil grips provide the comfort and support that relieve the hands and open the doors for optimized brain function.

Remember: mastering the proper grip allows children to focus on the content of their writing instead of their pencil.

Check out our link to Correct and Incorrect Handwriting Positions located in the "Pages" menu (top right).


April 17, 2014

Fine Motor Activities For ALL Kids

Working on the base skills that are key for development can also be enormously effective in the process of learning to write. In order to make writing easier and more intuitive, check out these skill-building fun activities that were posted by crafty fellow bloggers. 

Sometimes when a child of older chronological age needs to work on fine motor skills, it can start to feel as though the most available activities aren't appealing. There are a couple options below that are great for kids that have moved beyond Play-Doh and finger paint. A couple are great for all ages.


When your child is ready for the rewarding (but difficult) challenge of writing, The Pencil Grip has a variety of grips and other products to help.

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Please consult a professional before trying any activities listed above

February 12, 2014

Fun with Fine Motor Skills!

Most simply, Fine Motor action is what we accomplish with our hands and fingers. We rely on the function of our limbs and hands, the feelings we get from touch, and our visual perception to accomplish many of our every day tasks. 

Writing is an extremely critical Fine Motor activity. In order to build up to writing, it's important for young kids to bolster their Fine Motor skills and supporting muscles. 

Here are a few fun activities that you may not have realized are building Fine Motor skills!

What's in the bowl?

Hide small objects in sand or Jell-O™ in a large bowl. Using small animal figurines can make for a fun identification game as they're pulled out of the bowl. Instruct your child to use a closed fist with pincher fingers.

Magnets on the Fridge

Children should always be supervised when playing with magnets. However, it's a fantastic way for you and your child to build Fine Motor strength. Use shaped magnets to create a design and have your child try and create the same design on their own. For kids that know their alphabet, have them use their pincher fingers to manipulate an alphabet magnet set into the correct order (forwards and backwards!).

Bake some Cookies (Yum)

Rolling the dough, forming small balls with the dough, and using fingers to push the balls into disks are great Fine Motor skill-building actions.  Not to mention there's a tasty reward in store for all that hard work! Manipulating clay, Play-Doh™, and Silly Puddy™ are also fantastic ways to work the same muscles without the sugar.